Two of the greatest things about Las Cruces are its weather and location and one of the best ways to take advantage of both is by visiting any of the three national monuments located within in just a few miles of Las Cruces.
Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument’s 496,000 acres surround Las Cruces. One of our nation’s newest protected area features recreational opportunities like hiking through desert nature trails and the chance to encounter petroglyph and archeological sites. Intrepid travelers caravanned 22 miles of the Butterfield Stage Trail; outlaw Billy the Kid and warrior Geronimo took refuge among these hills; history was made on these lands by World War II pilots and by Apollo Astronauts. Through these lands, our spirit moves in good company. Doña Ana county is celebrated for its open spaces and history. It is loved for its natural wonders, such as the scenic Organ Mountains and the southwestern Chihuahuan Desert. War II bomber pilots and crews. Doña Ana County has always been a place where the history meets the future.
Sites to see in the monument:
• Over 22 miles of the Butterfield Stage Trail
• Kilbourne Hole National Historic Landmark
• Billy the Kid’s Outlaw Rock
• Geronimo’s Cave
• 243 Known Petroglyph and Archeological Sites
• Estimated 5000+ Archeological Sites
• Apollo Mission Astronaut Training Sites
• Original US/Mexico border from Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo (Changed by Gadsden Purchase)
• Historic World War II Aerial Targets
• Fort Mason and Historic Ranch House Ruins
The Prehistoric Trackways National Monument was established in 2009 to conserve, protect, and enhance the unique and nationally-important paleontological, scientific, educational, scenic, and recreational resources and values of the Robledo Mountains in southern New Mexico. The Monument includes a major deposit of Paleozoic Era fossilized footprint mega-trackways within approximately 5,280 acres.
The trackways contain footprints of numerous amphibians, reptiles, and insects (including previously unknown species), plants, and petrified wood dating back 280 million years, which collectively provide new opportunities to understand animal behaviors and environments from a time predating dinosaurs. The site contains one of the most scientifically-significant Early Permian track sites in the world.
White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument protects the world’s largest gypsum dune-field, and the unique plants and animals that survive in this other-worldly place. Located about 30 minutes from Las Cruces, the magnificent pure white dunes provide excellent recreation opportunities; visitors can picnic, “white sand surf” or just stroll through a portion of the 275 square-mile national monument. Additionally, the monument offers tours and activities such as the Sunset Stroll Nature Walk, full moon night programs, special events, and tours of Lake Lucero.
Activities at the monument:
• Interpretive Programs
• Step Through Time
• Full Moon Hike
• Lake Lucero Tours
• Sunset Strolls
• Full Moon Nights
• Full Moon Bike Rides
• Crafty Kids
• Skins and Skulls
• Junior Ranger Program
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